The Conference Board Employment Trends Index increased in February for the fifth consecutive month. The index now stands at 101.7, up from January’s revised figure of 100.1. The index is up over 8% from a year ago. The Employment Trends Index aggregates eight labor-market indicators, each of which has proven accurate in its own area, into a single number. ETI usually leads employment before every peak and before most troughs. Thus, an increase in ETI usually portends an increase in employment and visa-versa.